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DIY'ers...


DIY fabrication of Simplicity® should not be challenging for those with at
least some mechanical skills. No special tools are required.  Need to
fabricate PVC panels also? Not a problem, simply cut a second set of frames
and spline in the PVC film in the exact same fashion as insect screen
material - except looser. You want to allow for slight vinyl shrinkage during
cold weather.

Our recommended tool list and installation instructions should accommodate
most people and projects. You may use any equipment, tool or process
that you feel will work better or best fits your skill level. You can adjust
our instructions in any fashion needed to best fit your application.


Tools Required:



Possible Additional Tools Required (needed only for center bars):


Work safely and follow all common safety practices and use all proper safety
equipment. Be sure that you are proficient with any tool or equipment used
and that all tools or equipment used is properly suited for the work being
performed.

The following recommended instructions assume that you have properly planned your sizes and have received all required components. (Frame Materials, Corner Inserts, Screen Material, Spline, Center Bar, and Rivets (if needed)

You must account for 1" per square cut corner when calculating your cut lengths. For example, if your screen width is 32" you would cut your frame to 30". 30" + 1" per corner will result in a 32" frame. Remember to account for this on all lengths of metal and for both the height and width. If you use MITER CUT corner inserts, cut your metal to the size(s) required.

Cut frame material to the proper adjusted length. (Remember you'll need 2 for
each height and 2 for each width)

Use a cutting jig, (material stop) if possible, to ensure all pairs are cut to the
exact same size.

When cutting for mitered corners, the spline channel must be cut to the
inside of the angle and do not stack cut metal when cutting miter corners.  

Check your cuts as you go or during assembly.

Corner installation will be snug - a small mallet may help with assembly.

Assemble the frame one leg at a time until complete. Once assembled move
on to center bar installation or screen (PVC) installation.


SUPPORT BARS


Support bars for Simplicity® screens are recommended for both screen and PVC panels with a height or width over 48" and must be installed prior to screen or PVC installation. Support bars are structural and provide a substantially sturdier frame.


In screen panels, install support bar perpendicular to the longest sides. Typically, screen support bars are installed at 36" up from base or to a height best suited for your application. Failure to use bars as recommended may result in an hourglass effect and/or loose screen material.

Support bars are highly recommended on all PVC panels with a height or width over 48". Support bar must be centered perpendicular to the longest sides. Failure to use bars as recommended will result in an hourglass effect and a substantial risk of blow out during high winds.

Center bar should be sized to 1/16" less than the total dimension. Example: cut a center bar support at 35-15/16" for a 36" wide screen)  Cover exposed face with painters tape or other removable protective film prior to notching. This will help prevent scratching.

Remove a 1" (notch) from each end. Material is removed from the spline side. This may be done with a properly
outfitted table saw, milling machine, hack saw, etc. (use of table saw shown above) Leave only the back wall
of the frame.

Your cut should be clean and burr free. Test fit prior to removing protective tape. If you need to reduce the length for fit, remove only a slight amount at a time from one end only. (Cut a small amount off of 1 arm and them and re-notch) Repeat as needed to produce a snug fit.

Once bar is correctly sized and positioned, drill and rivet into place.


Install screen material in the standard fashion. Watch your screen installation closely, if you
install in an extremely tight fashion you will run the risk of "hour glassing". Jig your frame if needed. Use .200 polyfoam spline for all screen materials.

Install PVC in the exact same fashion as screen material using the same size spline. DO NOT install
tight - there must be some flex or looseness to the film. During cold weather the PVC will shrink
roughly 2%. This shrinkage is normal and will result in a firm panel.

Work Safely...

Please follow all common safety practices and use all proper safety equipment. Be sure that you are proficient with
any tool or equipment used and that all tools or equipment used is properly suited for the work being performed.


Important Information...

Panels manufactured outside of our production facilities are not covered by the Connecticut Screen Works®
limited warranty. All information and directions provided should be treated as generic guides which are intended to
help you plan, measure and order screens. Our directions are applicable and correct for a great majority of
situations - but not all. In some situations they may need to be modified.  In some situations they may not be
applicable at all. The responsibility to determine this and the responsibility to order items correctly rests solely on
the customer. We make no guarantee, warrantee or promise of any kind that the directions (guides) we provide
will work in every application. Please read and understand all information provided on this web site.

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